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A.K. Burns


Biography

Born in 1975 in Capitola (USA). Lives and works in Brooklyn (USA).


A.K. Burns' interdisciplinary practice explores the body as a contentious domain where social, political, and material forces collide. Engaging deeply with questions of materiality and (re)production, Burns examines how the «deployment of power» is connected to the body, its functions, physiological processes, sensations, and pleasures.


For Burns, the body is not an object with inherent boundaries and properties but multifaceted and porous, permeating and penetrated by its surroundings. These inquiries take shape as visually seductive and socially critical videos, sculptures, writing, sound, drawings, and collages.

A.K. Burns' work has been exhibited at Palais de Tokyo (Paris) ; Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf/Berlin) ; New Museum (New York) ; Tate Modern (London) ; MOMA - Museum of Modern Art (New York) ; Sculpture Center (New York) ; The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) ; MET - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) ; MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt am Main) ; SOMArts (San Francisco) ; ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) ; Leslie-Lhman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York) ; KADIST (San Francisco) ; Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge) ; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art ; Human Resources (Los Angeles) ; The LGBT Community Center (New York).

Burns received in 2021 the Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts and Art Awards Purchase Program from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 2018 the New York Foundation for the Arts - NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, in 2016-17 the Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award.

Her work is part of prestigious collections as Guggenheim Museum (New York) ; American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York) ; Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) ; LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; Kadist Foundation (San Francisco) ; MoMA (New York) ; FRAC - Pays De La Loire (Carquefou), Frac Île-de-France, Le Plateau (Paris).


Selected works

Anger Management, A.K. Burns
Marianne deludes the world, A.K. Burns
Left leaning, A.K. Burns
MIRROR COLLAGE (Leave No Trace series), A.K. Burns
Pitch black dry sack, A.K. Burns
Still leak, A.K. Burns
Broke not broken, A.K. Burns
Leave No Trace (Negative Space 000), A.K. Burns
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Museum exhibitions

Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland

Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland

Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland

Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany

JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany

JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany

JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Light and Language, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland, 2021

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Light and Language, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland, 2021

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Anticorps, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2020, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Anticorps, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2020, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Anticorps, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2020, ph. Aurélien Mole

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Anticorps, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2020, ph. Aurélien Mole

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A.K. Burns : Negative Space, JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2019

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A.K. Burns : Negative Space, JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2019

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A.K. Burns : Negative Space, JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2019

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A.K. Burns : Negative Space, JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2019

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A.K. Burns : Negative Space, JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2019

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A.K. Burns : Negative Space, JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2019

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A.K. Burns : Negative Space, JSC - Julia Stoschek collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2019

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The Dispossessed, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, , USA, 2018

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Survivor's Remorse, Harvard Art Museums - Lightbox Gallery, Cambridge, USA, 2018

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Survivor's Remorse, Harvard Art Museums - Lightbox Gallery, Cambridge, USA, 2018

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A.K. Burns: Shabby But Thriving, New Museum, New York, USA, 2017

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A.K. Burns: Shabby But Thriving, New Museum, New York, USA, 2017

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Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York, USA, 2017

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A.K. Burns: The Resource Center, New Museum, New York, USA, 2017

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The Resource Center, New Museum, New York, USA, 2017

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The Resource Center, New Museum, New York, USA, 2017

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A.K. Burns: Fault Lines, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, USA, 2017

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A.K. Burns: Fault Lines, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, USA, 2017

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Leave No Trace, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's, Portland, USA, 2016

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The Public Body at Artspace, installation view of Community Action Center, Sydney, Australia, 2016

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A Smeary Spot, Participant Inc., New York, USA, 2015

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A Smeary Spot, Participant Inc., New York, USA, 2015

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Fear of Commitment, N/A Gallery, Oakland, Canada, 2014

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Ending with a Fugue, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, USA, 2013

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Community Action Center in collaboration with A.L. Steiner, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, USA and Horton Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2010

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Community Action Center in collaboration with A.L. Steiner, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, USA and Horton Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2010


Videos

TALK

"Negative Space" a presentation by A.K Burns at Radcliff Institute, Harvard

CONVERSATION

Conversation between Kevin Moore, artist A.K. Burns and Musician Ankit Shrestha


Press

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Publications

Zero - A.K. Burns on Nancy Holt

Zero - A.K. Burns on Nancy Holt

Publisher: Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

2019


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